We were really pleased to take part to the projection mapping project commissioned for Photo España 2016, “A Less Familiar History”. The work featured a short film of biological material found mostly in and around the National Library of Madrid, which were grown under “kitchen laboratory” conditions by Louise Mackenzie, an artist that works at the edge between science and fine arts.
The resulting film, combining footage from all samples, was projected and mapped onto the exterior surface of the central façade of the National Library.
Below is an edited and shorter version of the exhibition.
There was not sound during the live installation, therefore the soundtrack has been added in post-editing.
Projecting the Past aims to blend new, digital arts to represent historical facts and events. Museums, arts galleries, and heritage buildings are all full of history, which is often overlooked. The reasons could be several: remoteness, long queues, and low appeal, particularly to younger generations. We aim to reconstruct the link between people of all ages and arts, and help more people learn history in an absorbing and stimulating way. We project historical facts, bringing them to life using Animation and we use the architectural features of the building to add drama to the narrative.
The Rebellious North told of important tales which have developed the history of the North East, as well as the whole country.
The story went from the Romans up to the miners’ strike, exploring key moments such as the arrival of the Vikings, the War of the Roses and the Hexham Riot.
It was an immersive, adventure, featuring the Romans, Vikings, clashing knights, dragons, and familiar landmarks. Auckland Castle was the perfect location to tell the history of the North-East, projected onto the side of the Scottish Wing. Over three nights the Scottish Wing at Auckland Castle was transformed into an atmospheric animation. The audience was taken on a journey through some of the most tempestuous events that have shaped the history of a turbulent land: England.